Entrepreneurs Need To Get Away!

Planning for a Florida vacation in April, especially if you’re from Buffalo, is usually a very good thing!

We decided we were going to take the kids out of school early for their Easter break and get out of town for 15 days. Our three boys are 10, 6 & 2 and we wanted to reward the two oldest especially for a great academic school year and for all of their hard work, success and enjoyment on the soccer field.

Nicole went to AAA of Western & Central New York (her previous employer) and booked a 4-night Disney Package which included the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Then reserved a 10-night Naples, Florida home by the beach for some much needed R & R.

As the trip was fast approaching I was getting so nervous about being away from VIP Seats. I am a very “hands-on” survivalist-type entrepreneur almost to a fault. As each day got closer I became increasingly stressed. Thoughts of “how the hell am I going to get away?” were racing through my head…

Would the office be okay? I mean Round One of the NHL Playoffs will be in full swing and the NFL schedules will be released!

We had just invested in an old downtown Buffalo building at 505 Main Street that requires some much needed attention. My current tenant will be moving out at about the same time we walk into the Magic Kingdom! My new tenants just signed their lease and by June 1st, I need to hire a roofing contractor to completely tear off and replace the roof, get bids for installation of Heating & Air Conditioning and arrange to gut the inside of the building.

On top of it all, my 2014 personal and corporate taxes are due April 15th and we were due to leave on April 8th! OMG I just wanted to scream!!

There never really is a good time to go on vacation. I enjoy my crazy life at home and at the office. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I truly enjoy my work and my life. So I’m not the type that is ever looking to escape. But…

Stepping away from your business is good! It gives you perspective and allows you to see things in a different light.

My kids loved the Magic Kingdom for the rides, shows and attractions. I loved it for all of those things too but as I walked the park, I found myself viewing this magical place from the eyes of an entrepreneur. It’s incredibly amazing how Walt Disney dreamed big and truly created his dream- the happiest place on Earth!  Walt Disney started out as a simple cartoonist, yet evolved into an innovative and amazing entrepreneur of a multi-billion-dollar family entertainment empire from one idea to the next.

Talk about being inspired!

So as I stepped away from my business I realized just how many good things we are doing and creating at our 18 year old company. I realized that the Disney empire wasn’t built overnight but one step and one idea at a time.

Thank goodness for a great team at VIP Seats! We are half-way into our vacation and all seems to be running smoothly at the office. We are continuously working to create a brand that will be recognized worldwide.

In today’s world, cell phones and computers allow you to work from anywhere! After a few phone calls from the beach, our building contractors are scheduled and ready to go as soon as the weather breaks. As always, my adviser, accountant and good friend Steven Carmina and his team took care of my tax filing obligations.

I am already looking forward to getting back into the office next week. I am relaxed, refreshed and energized. I realize that I am going to have to set an even bigger and better vision for the company and try to see things from more of a big picture perspective.

It’s amazing what a little time away can do for you, your family and your business! There’s never a good time, especially for an entrepreneur, to get away, but it’s good for the long run and necessary. Schedule your time away and make it happen just like Walt Disney did and just like I’m planning to do.

~ Nick


Nick Giammusso is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of VIPTIX.com, a ticket marketplace that helps clients buy and sell sports, concerts and theater tickets worldwide. Prior to starting VIPTIX, Nick worked as a concert promoter and box office manager for his god parents Irwin and Monique Pate and their companies Pate & Associates and Prime Seats. He worked his way up to become the Director of Marketing & Ticket Sales at Prime Seats, a Buffalo, NY ticket company. Nick was instrumental in helping to grow a start-up ticket service into what became known as Western New York’s Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Box Office in the late 80′s and early 90′s.